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OK Here's One

#1 Post by fin » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:03 am

This iconic aircraft, flying over an iconic Long Island landmark, has just done two shoulder height low passes over JFK during a busy afternoon.

The flight engineer is an active Concorde Pilot (obviously not a RECENT Experience in Aviation), and one of the passengers is the Head of the NY Port Authority (which is why we got away with the low passes over Kennedy airport.

And Fin is looking out the rear round window at the AT-6 chase/photo plane.
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#2 Post by Slasher » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:12 am

[envy] Lucky sod! [/envy]
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#3 Post by Sisemen » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:52 am

Jealousy ^:)^

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#4 Post by ian16th » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:48 am

Ah, dear old MATS.
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#5 Post by Pontius Navigator » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:06 am

Last one I saw was impounded in Malta around 1964, all in Matt black, gun running I believe. Crew diverted in, parked and legged it. No idea what happened to it after that.

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#6 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:18 am

The darker corners of aviation.
New co-pilot: "Why are you wearing running shoes?"
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#7 Post by om15 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:01 am

The one in Malta was towed to the south of the airport to the former Hal Far strip, my last sighting was in 1990, wasn't around on my last visit there.

This is interesting https://www.mercenary-wars.net/biafra/jim-townsend.html
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#8 Post by Krystal n Chips » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:36 am

My abiding memory of this aircraft was a "Euravia " Conny flying circuits at MAN, on three engines, as they dumped fuel....they flew a lot of circuits

The one that flew into Woodford for an air show, well that sort of stole the show even when it was on the ground.

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#9 Post by Slasher » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:54 am

Lerrve that Tree Top Flyer mate. One of me all time faves. Best enjoyed with fellow drunk pilots.
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#10 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:16 am

They had a lovely Connie that visited Scottsdale AZ when I was there. Our airline school's Chief Ground Instructor showed me around - he was type rated.
It was also when, standing by my millionaire's Jet Provost on some windblown airstrip on a ferry flight, that some swarthy dude pitched up and asked me if I was interested in some well-paid work - South America I think. Great opportunities for an ex-mil type like me (I had my ex-RAF romper suit on). The business card he offered had 4 crossed-out addresses on it and a fifth written hurriedly in pencil. I said I'd think about; it seemed wiser than a straight refusal in the middle of nowhere. One occasionally noticed, it having been my previous occupation to do so, odd aeroplanes stirring up the mesquite with a deep desire not to be seen. 2am was quite busy at some automated airfields also. Best not mention it to anyone else, I was advised when I first mentioned it to a colleague.

I shall look forward to reading that later, om15

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#11 Post by om15 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:27 pm

About fifteen or so years ago a G Reg Citation 500 was ramp checked in Amsterdam, amongst the many non compliances it was noted that the C of A had expired, the pilot was an extremely nice bloke, but very, very Irish, flying a Citation with no C of A was the least of his adventures.
In order to get the aircraft back to UK a Permit to Fly was applied for, one of the conditions was that a LAME had to certify the aircraft as airworthy for the ferry back to maintenance base, I went over there and had a look round, signed the bit of paper and while we waited for clearance he told me some of his adventures, he was an FE with the outfit that had the Connie impounded in Malta and had flown many trips into Biafra on Connies carrying all sorts, he had also flown fighters for the Israeli Air Force at one stage.
He was quite a character, we had an event free flight back to maintenance.
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#12 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:52 pm

Ah, flying a Citation from the right hand seat, effectively acting as Captain, without a license to do either.
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#13 Post by fin » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:44 am

Couple more shots from same day, and appreciate the interest and comments.
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#14 Post by Slasher » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:34 am

I've now made a lateral step from sheer envy to outright jealousy. Actually one foot remains on the envy side and the other on the jealous side. I guess emotionally in the longitudinal sense I'm now enviously jealous - if there is such a thing.
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#15 Post by Ex-Ascot » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:31 am

Brilliant, thanks Fin.
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#16 Post by k3k3 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:24 am

When I was at Lossiemouth in 1975 an EC-121 arrived with only two functioning engines, I was detailed off to be their gopher while the engines were changed by a crew from Iceland.

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#17 Post by Boac » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:25 am

I was fortunate enough to 'sit in' on engine runs on a Connie at Leeuwarden in the 60's with a brilliant Dutch guy called Jope at Aviolanda. Sadly never got to fly in one.

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#18 Post by fin » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:49 pm

From 1944 to 1947 I lived maybe ten miles east of Idlewilde airport which was destination of many flights coming in from Europe. I have vivid memories of seeing more than one constellation inbound with a feathered prop, so clear against the sky. Later on, early fifties, my Mom met students there, and it was possible to hang out on the observation deck for hours and watch them unload. TWA used the Connies, and they were all named "Star of ..." a particular city. Pan Am used the double deckers something like a C-97. I think they were named "Clipper ...". I may yet still find the lists I made of them back in the day.
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#19 Post by G-CPTN » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:18 pm

fin wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:49 pm
Pan Am used the double deckers something like a C-97. I think they were named "Clipper ...". I may yet still find the lists I made of them back in the day.
Stratocruiser

BOAC had 'Canopus' G-AKGK which was used by (among others) the Royal Family.

A tale from TOP (not me but shows the influence on the writer).

Another story.

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#20 Post by ExSp33db1rd » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:55 am

Another story.
Aaahhh ! I remember them well.

At one time the BOAC and PanAM Strats. had similar livery, basically white, just with BOAC or PanAm in blue letters on the tail.

One night at Idlewild the BOAC F/Eng was just finishing the pre-flight cockpit check, when a PanAm F/Eng came in and said "Thanks, buddy, you can go to your own aircraft now ! "

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